India pledges to reconstruct Rakhine State

Monitoring Desk
Thursday, 21 December 2017
NEW DELHI (India): Indian foreign secretary S. Jaishankar and Myanmar social welfare, relief and resettlement deputy minister U Soe Aung signed a bilateral memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Rakhine State development programme, on Wednesday, the MoU is the first government to government agreement focussed on socio-economic development and livelihood initiatives in Rakhine State; an Indian statement said.

According to detail, Jaishankar visited Myanmar on Wednesday, during the visit, he called on state counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, union minister in state counsellor's office U Kyaw Tint Swe and union minister for social welfare, relief and resettlement Win Myat Aye.

All matters relating to bilateral cooperation, including follow up on decisions taken during recent visit of Indian prime minister Narendra Modi to Myanmar, as well as matters pertaining to Rakhine State were discussed during these meetings.

The MoU is intended to help the government of Myanmar achieve its objective of restoration of normalcy in Rakhine State and enable the return of displaced persons.

Under the MoU, government of India proposes to take up, among others, a project to build prefabricated housing in Rakhine State so as to meet the immediate needs of returning people.

In addition to the Rakhine State project proposals, a number of ongoing friendship projects were reviewed.

Issues regarding the operation and maintenance of Sittwe port and the road from Paletwa- Zorinpui were reviewed.

Other key projects such as the Rhi- Tiddim road project, the Trilateral Highway road from Kalewa to Yargyi, the project to build 69 bridges on the Tamu-Kyigone-Kalewa road, the Yamethin Police Training Centre and hospital projects, etc., were also discussed.

Jaishankar earlier also called on Myanmar defence services commander in chief, senior general Min Aung Hlaing.

All matters relating to security, bilateral cooperation as well as the situation in Northern Rakhine State were discussed.